Blog: Children’s Services

Celebrating one year at Winyu Early Childhood Service
30 May 2016

Despite some rain and a chilly morning fog on Saturday, our team of educators met at the Winyu Early Childhood Service in Gungahlin bright and early. We gathered to prepare for our very first birthday event, celebrating our newest service turning one. In between hanging pieces of artwork and photos in our gallery, the significance of […]

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Ever wondered what we get up to at School Age Care?
3 May 2016

YWCA Canberra runs 13 School Age Care programs across Canberra, providing care for children before and after school and during the holidays. Our educators work hard to offer a diverse range of experiences and opportunities that are designed to foster children’s wellbeing, development and learning. We have had a fabulous start to the year – read […]

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Children smiling at Conder Early Childhood Service.

Statement regarding recent media coverage of childcare in the ACT
9 February 2016

Many of you may have seen some recent reports in The Canberra Times regarding the affordability and quality of early childhood education and care in the ACT. While the media coverage raised important issues, I believe that some information was misleading and could rightly concern parents. We would like to take the opportunity to provide […]

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Children playing in mud at Winyu

The benefits of playing with mud
3 February 2016

Today’s weather looked a lot like winter was on its way, and as adults we often get wrapped up in how inconvenient the rain, mud and wet weather is. Have you ever wondered what a child sees when it rains? When I arrived this morning to say ‘Good morning’ to the children in our Winyu […]

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Children's picture

YWCA Canberra on the health and wellbeing of children in immigration detention
16 October 2015

Last week, approximately 1000 doctors, nurses and clinical support staff at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) spoke out regarding the severely detrimental impact of immigration detention on children’s health and wellbeing. [1] In a joint statement, they argued that “Children have nightmares, bed-wetting, and behaviour problems. They develop depression and anxiety symptoms, and their development […]

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Achieving equality through early childhood education and care – a global goal
8 October 2015

By Louise Billman Last week, the United Nations formally adopted new Sustainable Development Goals, outlining a comprehensive framework to tackle extreme poverty and inequality by 2030. The goals, endorsed at the New York Summit, focus on four key themes: People, Planet, Prosperity and Peace. While the global development agenda was established a quarter of a […]

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Winyu House Opening Ceremony
25 May 2015

YWCA Canberra board members and senior staff were pleased to be invited recently to the Opening Ceremony for Winyu House in Gungahlin. Winyu House is the newest ACT Government office building, providing the first ever Access Canberra Service Centre, a one stop shop for anyone needing to access government services. The building will also house […]

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Winyu Early Childhood Service Grand Opening
8 May 2015

We were thrilled to hold the Grand Opening of our Winyu Early Childhood Service recently. The service has been purpose built, within the design of Winyu House an impressive and innovative new ACT Government building in Gungahlin. Senior staff in our Children’s Services portfolio have worked closely with the building’s designers and builders to create […]

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Staff Snapshot – Jackie Green
23 April 2015

Jackie Green is YWCA Canberra’s Children’s Services Operations Manager. Working closely with the Director of Children’s Services, she oversees three early childhood services, 13 school age care programs and our family day care scheme. The Children’s Services portfolio employs approximately 200 educators and provides care to over 1200 children each week. Can you tell us […]

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Quality early childhood education the path to a successful future
11 March 2015

As an early childhood educator, I’m lucky enough to work with and meet many interesting and unique people. I’ve worked with children and families for going on 16 years and each day is different from the last. Early childhood education and care is something I’m incredibly passionate about. Just ask my team, who watch my […]

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